Nothing in nature stays still forever. Clouds drift across skies, rivers flow and waves crash against the shore. In a moment’s glance this is not noticeable very much, if at all. The observer (i.e. the camera) can also introduce movement from a fixed point and make the world seem to spin very quickly or tilt suddenly for creative effect. All of these things when captured in a certain way help to bring an extra dynamism to a landscape photographic composition. This allows the photographer the opportunity to turn what would normally be a ‘traditional’ photograph which captures a still moment into something which appears to be forever in motion. You will learn how to capture exposures of several seconds or minutes in duration to achieve specific effects and how to balance creative intent with technically correct exposures so that photographic quality is maintained throughout. This is the essence of long exposure photography.


Workshop Structure

Topics which will be covered during the long exposure photography will include but not be limited to:

  • Equipment, planning, preparations and general working practices to ensure success

  • Capturing movement in clouds

  • Capturing and blurring flowing water

  • Capturing waves crashing against the shoreline

  • Zoom, rotation and panning effects facilitated by intentional camera movement


Experience Level - PLEASE READ!

This is not a workshop for absolute beginners. You should be at the very least familiar with the controls on your camera and be able to change the key exposure settings as and when they are advised during the workshop session. There is a lot of information to absorb in a relatively short period of time and if you are unfamiliar with such things as ISO, shutter speed, aperture or exposure metering then you will not benefit much from attending. Individually tailored 1-2-1 sessions for beginners might be a better avenue to get to grips with the mechanics of photography and they also allow me to dedicate more time to you personally. Please bear this in mind before considering booking a place.


Equipment You Will Need (as a minimum)

  • A DSLR, Bridge or Compact digital camera with full manual control

  • A sturdy tripod (needed for most long exposures)

  • A remote control shutter release cable / radio trigger to allow shooting in ‘bulb mode’ or similar

  • A waterproof covering for your camera is also recommended unless already water-sealed (just in case)

  • Apart from the above, also sensible clothing appropriate for the weather conditions we will be outdoors in!


Outline Itinerary

(This is just a rough guide and may be subject to change closer to the workshop date)

  • Morning meet up at the gallery on High Street, Glastonbury for workshop introduction (refreshments will be provided)

  • Make way to workshop location(s) where some walking will be required (refer to guidance on clothing, above)

  • Practical workshop session (at least 1 hour duration) at each location we visit

  • Break for lunch at a convenient local restaurant / cafe during the course of the day

  • Reconvene and continue workshop practical session(s) according to time / weather limitations

  • Return to gallery in Glastonbury for wrap-up session and review some images from the day


Weather Contingency

Obviously an outdoor pursuit such as this is weather dependent so some minor disruption can be allowed for and workshops will only be postponed / cancelled in extreme circumstances. Please refer to terms and conditions when making a booking.